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India & Afghanistan - Two key foreign policy challenges

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On the eastern front, despite Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's peace overtures to Modi government, Islamabad has little option but to wait and watch as to how Modi goes about business. Mr Modi has yet to articulate his Pakistan policy. However, it is not difficult to identify some of the strands that would define the Indian government's approach towards Pakistan. New Delhi is likely to tag normalization of relations with Pakistan with the latter's efforts to end 'sanctuaries in its backyard' and show noticeable progress on the trial of Mumbai attack suspects.

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RENEWABLE ENERGY IN PAKISTAN

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Provincial governments should generate energy and start building power plants on their own.

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BUDGETS FOR POLICE ORGANIZATIONS IN PAKISTAN

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Budget is the basic instrument through which financial resources are allocated to different entities within the governance setup in Pakistan. The process is conceptually based on economics and finance, but it has to be legally formalized. Besides, whatever any government may choose to say, the budgetary allocations also reflect the priorities of governance. The Constitution of Pakistan 1973 through its Articles 80 and 120 makes it an obligation for both tiers of government (federal and provincial) to present budgets before respective legislative assemblies for voting in the form of Annual Budget Statements (ABS). The instant write-up is an overview of the budgets allocated to police organizations in Pakistan in FY 2014-15.

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Exclusive Interview Muhammad Azhar Khan Mughal (PSP)

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5th Position CSS 2013 (1st in PSP). JWT is the best source and it should be regularly consulted with.

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POPULATION and POVERTY

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Two Distinct but Interlinked Phenomena. Population, poverty and economic development are the three phenomena which are closely inter-linked and highly inter-related. Economics suggests that the rapid population growth brings a steep fall in per capita income which results in a continuously faltering state of human well-being. This, in turn, leads to increased level of poverty. Thus, this vicious circle keeps on haunting the policymakers as well as the masses that are most directly affected.

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Changing Asia

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Pakistan and the Regime Change in Neighbouring Countries. After almost a decade, new leaders in the countries on eastern and western borders of Pakistan emerged. In India, after 10-year-long rule of the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come at the helm with Narendra Modi becoming country's fifteenth Prime Minister. Similarly, in Afghanistan, end to a decade-long rule of President Hamid Karzai is on the cards. After two rounds of presidential elections in Afghanistan, either Ashraf Ghani or Abdullah Abdullah would be the country's next president — the election was so marred by the rigging allegations that the US had to interfere to foster a deal between both the candidates.

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THE INAUDIBLE CRIES

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“Even though human life may be the most precious thing on earth, we always behave as if there were something of higher value than human life.”

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Independence of Kurdistan

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HISTORICAL OPPORTUNITY OR CONTEMPORARY OPPORTUNISM? The recent crisis that is threatening Iraq in the form of ISIS has brought to the fore the issue of the probable independence of Kurdistan as the newest state in the world. While the Kurds see the present crisis as a historical opportunity to consolidate their much-desired sovereign state on the plea that Iraq as a state has failed, others including Iran and some foreign political commentators have viewed the drive towards independence as a form of Kurdish opportunism which belittles the bigger problem (ISIS) in favour of a myopic focus on independence.

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Exclusive Interview: Aamir Hasan

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"I must say that OMG can be a very good choice for females because it offers a scheduled job." Former Chief Instructor Common Training Programme (CTP); DG Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) Pakistan.

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India's Role in the Nuclear Race

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In an editorial last month (July 05, 2014), The New York Times lamented “India's role in the nuclear race” in South Asia and questioned the double standards being applied in a country-specific preferential treatment to it by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a 48-member body established in 1974 after India's first nuclear test to ensure that civilian trade in nuclear materials is not diverted for military purposes, as was done by India itself in pursuing a clandestine nuclear-weapon program with materials and equipment that it acquired from Canada and the US ostensibly for peaceful purposes.

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Muslims Fiddle While Palestine Burns - Editorial

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If the Jew has the right over the land of Palestine, Why is there no right of Arabs over Spain?, The object of British imperialism is something very different, It is not concerned with orange orchards or “The Land of Milk and Honey”

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“An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don’t.”